Frequently Asked Questions:
Q1. Are you crazy?
Answer: Maybe…my husband did want to name this blog, “The Long Trailer” after Lucille Ball, since “Amelia” reminds him of this famous comedienne and lots of folks think that Amelia Earhart is silly. But, we have money saved, a source of income and a reduction of expenses by renting out our home, and a cushion when we arrive back home after our travels.
Q2. Are you bringing the dog?
Answer: Yes, we are bringing the dog since she is part of our family. We will go to campsites where she is allowed.
Q3. Why go now?
Answer: The rents are still high in Bend so we can rent out the home and make a slight profit. The ages of our kids is right, so they can enjoy the experience but they are not too old that they might resent the experience. Our ages are right, so we can get back into the workplace and still not be too old, in the eyes of employers. Plus, we have the financial ability to do so and more importantly, the health to do so. After all, the ability to retire early is all but gone; I cannot imagine traveling in an RV when I am in my 70′s and enjoying all the outdoor experiences that I can do now at our ages.
Q4. Are you worried?
Answer: Yes, there is fear and nervousness. This is a big step we are taking to be sure but we have assessed all the benefits and risks and it is the right time for us to do this adventure. Mostly, Amelia is worried about a grizzly attack at Glacier or Yellowstone; we will have bear spray at the ready!